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772 Ratings

The Tribe

Plemya | Племя

Ukraine, Netherlands, 2014
Drama, Crime


Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crime and prostitution, The Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization.

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The Tribe Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
One might begin by saying that deafness is likely not a source of “anxious confusion” to Deaf people; one might then proceed to say that the film’s construction is so expert it amounts to a grand optimism and a solace. It contains no verbal language of the kind spoken by most people, but its formallanguage — not ISL, not any form of represented dialogue but its craftsmanship — is so powerful and complex as to re-emphasize the place of art — in this case, filmic art — alongside violence and politics as a third means of processing and shaping collective life.
December 10, 2015
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This is the major quality of the film’s formal innovation: its ability to produce monumental images and gestural performances that cannot leave the audience indifferent.
September 15, 2015
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The debut film of the year so far is an astonishing coup de cinema from the Ukrainian writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitskiy, who demonstrates a command of form and staging to leave one fittingly speechless. For all its deprivations (dialogue, subtitles, humanity), this cold, pitiless immersion in the life and crimes of a Kiev boarding school for deaf teenagers is simply staggering in its narrative momentum and emotional expressiveness.
July 02, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Tribe

    [Waited 3 god-awful years to see this open theatrically in Portugal and withstood IndieWire's spoilers: bravoure]

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Tribe

    An audacious calling card for director Slaboshpytskiy whose use of long takes and desaturation seems to have many ignoring the gratuitous and exploitive elements of the film. The viewer must decide if the gimmick is empowering or exploitive. Is one to emphasize with the rapist/killer/thug put in front of us? When your film feels like exploitation theatre compared to Larry may have issues. Over-rated.

  • Marcus Killerby's rating of the film The Tribe

    This is the only movie I have ever felt was only gratuitous, only nasty, and utterly pointless... I have hated movies more than I hate this one, but for a movie so well made, why on earth did it have to be reduced to a gimmick and increasingly horrible scenes with no emotional involvement? Comparisons to Haneke are null and void. This is a very very poor mans Haneke. This is even a poor mans Eli Roth.

  • anarresti's rating of the film The Tribe

    What is disturbing is how we are introduced to violence, how the deceivingly peaceful sound atmosphere of the film allows for greater visual violence to intrude. We do need translation. After a while, it is possible to follow the story, and understand a lot of what is happening. But, I did feel this, there is an inner world that escapes. Not knowing (ukranian) sign language, makes me unable to connect deeper.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The Tribe

    For those who don't know, The Tribe is the Ukrainian remake of Clockwork Orange starring Michael Cera. Due to budget constraints, all dialogues were dropped - sound dubbing was deemed too expensive. Plans to include a Beethoven-driven soundtrack were also scrapped. Luckily, there is plenty of gratuitous violence, over-the-top melodrama, and harrowing, gory scenes that will satisfy even the most sadistic viewers.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Tribe

    Never capitalizes on the central idea's potential. Slaboshpitsky doesn't use cinematic language to tell this wordless story in any way, shape, or form, and the robotic performances don't communicate much either. What remains is a series of monotonously, almost comically drawn out long-shot tableaus of people talking in sign language, with the no subtitles gimmick becoming irritating more than anything. A real shame.

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film The Tribe

    I wanted to like this so much more than I did... A good-looking film, exceptional long-shots; but I didn't walk away feeling ...anything. The sudden or extended shocks of violence comparable with Haneke, felt numb.. If this is a portrait of Ukrainian isolation, fine. But it's conception is conceptually overwrought, vacuously isolating the viewer. A truly unique experience, but I could kind of care less.

  • Frank ViSo's rating of the film The Tribe

    Non è nell'implacabilità di quanto ci viene mostrato (più o meno) in determinate scene, che Plemya genera il maggior disturbo, ma proprio nel soffocante e perdurabile silenzio vocale che lo avvolge per i suoi centotrenta minuti di durata:

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